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Morse Friends Fall Book Sale

The Fall Book Sale is coming up on Saturday, September 20 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday, September 21 from 12 pm – 3 pm! There are thousands of books on sale in many areas: fiction, mystery, large print, romance, children’s, teens, specialty areas and much more.  There are also DVDs and Video tapes as well as puzzles and some games on sale.

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Morse Institute Library as they support library services like the museum passes, Speed Read collections, and adult and children’s programs


Artists and Exhibits September-October

We’ve got four exhibits on display at the library in September and October. Be sure to check out all the great paintings and photographs in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall, First Floor galleries, and Virtual Gallery.

Natick Artist Open Studios exhibit Sept-Oct 2014Natick Artist Open Studios: Mixed Media

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, Lower Level; Lobby and Stairwell

This years show focuses on Gardens! On exhibit are the works of over 40 Natick Artists Open Studios participants. Works include photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mosaics, ceramic, glass, mixed media and more! On October 1, 2014 NAOS artists will demonstrate and discuss their work at the Creative Connections Program, 3-4:30 in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall. All are welcome; free of charge.

K-5 Art Students of Elizabeth Gorman paintings exhibits Sept-Oct 2014K-5 Art Students of Elizabeth Gorman: Paintings

Right Gallery, First Floor

Students paint and draw from Gorman’s dining room table each week. They start mixing their own colors from the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow). Then they work on shadows, contrast, warm and cool colors, negative spaces and horizon lines and experiment with various mediums and drawing techniques. It is a wonder to watch young artists develop their skills while also keeping their own individual styles as artists. Come see!

Christopher A. Richards photography exhibit Sept-Oct 2014Christopher A Richards: Photography

Left Gallery, First Floor

Natick resident and avid photographer Christopher Richards shoots mostly nature, macro, and street photography, but also portraits, real estate, cars, products, and sports. For this show he used Nikon cameras, with a variety of Nikon and Sigma lenses. The photos were taken in New England over the past several years, in between reading, painting, films, rock climbing, and watching sports.

Scott Terrasi photography exhibit Sept-Oct 2014Scott Terrasi: Photography

Virtual Gallery, First Floor

Terrasi’s latest show is about local area New England scenes. His focus is on landscapes, wildlife and the smaller little critters that go unnoticed—insects. You will find scenes from local Audubon centers, deer, swans and birds, turtles and snakes. Also animals from local farms.


Morse Institute Library offers exhibit space to local artists or artist groups at no charge. Some artists’ work is available for purchase. For information about displaying your art, contact Jane Finlay at 508-647-6526 or jfinlay@minlib.net. You may also read our exhibit and display policy posted on the policies page.


Online Library Card Registration

This September for Library Card Sign-up Month, the Minuteman Library Network is launching an online library card registration process. Using the online registration system, you will create a 30-day temporary card and will be able to immediately start using your account to place requests for up to 5 items at Morse Institute Library, check out up to 10 eBooks and digital audiobooks, and access statewide databases.

For more information, please watch a short walk-through of the registration process below. Also feel free to contact the library at 508-647-6520 or email to circulation@morseinstitute.org

https://library.minlib.net/selfreg

Note: After 30 days your temporary online library card will expire, deleting all of your item requests and digital checkouts. Be sure to come into the library to convert to a full-service library card. All you need is to bring in a valid photo ID and proof of Massachusetts address, and you will be able to check out up to 150 library items, up to 20 eBooks and digital audiobooks from the Digital Catalog, and access eResources available only through the Morse Institute.

Stan Lee Library Card Signup Month 2014


Prunaret Room closed Sept 2-6

Due to construction, the Prunaret Room on the 2nd floor of the Library will be closed to the public from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Saturday, Sept. 6. The following resources will not be available during this time:

  • Study Rooms 2A & 2B
  • the Local History Collection
  • the Literacy Center

If you have questions, please contact our Reference Staff at reference@morseinstitute.org or give us a call at 508-647-6521.


Sign up for Fall 2014 Children’s Programs

Sign ups for the Fall 2014 Children’s Programs start on Tuesday, September 2! Scroll down or click the links below to find out when registration begins for each individual program. If you have any questions please call the Young People’s Library at 508-647-6522.

baby play YPL program logoBaby Play toddler time YPL program logoToddler Time little listeners YPL program logoLittle Listeners
preschool storyhour YPL program logoPreschool Storytime rhythm kids YPL program logoRhythm Kids lego happenings YPL program logoLego® Happenings

baby play YPL program logoBaby Play

Language play for caregivers and pre-walkers. No older siblings, please. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, and stretches for babies and grown-ups.

Thursday, September 11 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 2
Thursday, September 25 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 16
Thursday, October 30 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, October 21
Thursday, November 13 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, November 4

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


toddler time YPL program logoToddler Time

Language play for caregivers and little runabouts. For walkers under age 2. No other siblings, please. Each program includes 20 minutes of songs, rhymes, stories, and stretches for toddlers and grown-ups together.

Thursday, September 18 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 9
Thursday, October 2 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, September 23
Thursday, November 6 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, October 28
Thursday, November 20 at 10:30am Sign up begins Tuesday, November 12

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


little listeners YPL program logoLittle Listeners

Storytimes for grown-ups and children ages 2 and 3. Older siblings welcome! Each program includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and stretches.

Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30am
“Story Time Friends”
Sign up begins Monday, September 8
Tuesday, September 30 at 10:30am
“Fall Fun”
Sign up begins Monday, September 22
Tuesday, October 14 at 10:30am
“Hooray for Hats”
Sign up begins Monday, October 6
Tuesday, October 28 at 10:30am
“Down in the Pumpkin Patch”
Sign up begins Monday, October 20
Tuesday, November 18 at 10:30am
“Let’s Eat”
Sign up begins Monday, November 10
Tuesday, December 9 at 10:30am
“Something Chilly”
Sign up begins Monday, December 1

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


preschool storyhour YPL program logoStorytimes for Preschool Listeners

“All by Myself” 45 minute story times for children ages 3, 4 and preschool 5. Caregivers remain in the Children’s Room.

Sign up for the entire 6-week session beginning Monday, September 15.
Wednesday, October 1 at 10:30am: “Make New Friends”
Wednesday, October 8 at 10:30am: “All in the Fall”
Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30am: “Eeks n’ Squeaks”
Wednesday, October 22 at 10:30am: “Elephant Day”
Wednesday, October 29 at 10:30am: “Pumpkin Time”
Wednesday, November 5 at 10:30am: “Wolf Tales”

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


rhythm kids YPL program logoRhythm Kids

45 minute story times with rhythm activities for children ages 3, 4 and preschool 5. Come catch the beat! Join us for stories that invite rhythmic play with clapping hands, tapping feet, shakers, and drums! Sign up is required for each 3 week series.

Thursday, October 9 at 10:30am
Thursday, October 16 at 10:30am
Thursday, October 23 at 10:30am
Sign up begins Monday, September 29
Thursday, December 4 at 10:30am
Thursday, December 11 at 10:30am
Thursday, December 18 at 10:30am
Sign up begins Monday, Novermber 24

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


lego happenings YPL program logoLego® Happenings

Opportunities for LEGO® builders to design, construct, and display their own spectacular creations. For boys and girls in grades 1-4. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group.

Friday, September 12 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, September 2
Friday, October 10 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, September 30
Friday, November 14 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, November 4
Friday, December 12 at 3:30pm-4:30pm Sign up begins Tuesday, December 2

Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis, beginning on the designated sign up date for each program. No groups please. To register, visit the Young People’s Library (Children’s Department) or call us at 508-647-6522. Thank you for notifying the library if you need to cancel your registration. Baby Play is cancelled if the Natick Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.


Labor Day Holiday Closures

In observance of Labor Day, the library will be closed:

Saturday, August 30;

Sunday, August 31; and

Monday, September 1.

Fall hours will resume on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great weekend!


Firemen's Parade on Labor Day, Broadway, New York, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views 2Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City. Workers there held a parade and festival sponsored by the Central Labor Union and Knights of Labor. This celebration prompted other labor unions across the country to campaign state legislature for the establishment of Labor Day as a legal holiday.

The earliest of such victories happened in Oregon and Colorado in 1887. Thirty more states passed similar resolutions before the first Monday in September was made a national holiday by an act of Congress, with Grover Cleveland signing the bill into law 1894. While parades, festivals, and speeches are still organized by labor unions, “most Americans tended to regard the day merely as the finale of a long summer of fun in which hot dogs, barbecues, and picnics reigned” (Park, 2003).

Park, David. “Labor Day.” Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 5. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. 12-13. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 22 Aug. 2014.

 


Food for Fines Update

Food For Fines update imageAt the halfway point through August, we have collected over 500 pounds of nonperishable items for donation to the Natick Service Council. Thank you so much to those that have donated so far! And if you haven’t, we’ll be collecting items until Friday, August 29 – there’s still time to join in!

Pay your overdue fines for Minuteman Library Network books and materials with new, non-perishable food or personal care items for the Natick Service Council. Offer not valid for damaged or lost library materials. Bring your items to the circulation desk at the Morse Institute Library and we will be happy to excuse your fines!

Expired, unpackaged, or opened items cannot be accepted.

Valid August 1, 2014 – August 29, 2014

Natick Service Council’s MOST WANTED ITEMS:

  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Bottled juice
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Tuna
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Coffee and/or tea
  • Condiments
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper

Shark Week at Morse Institute Library

Shark Week book displayJust when you thought it was safe to come to the library….

Celebrate shark week August 11-16 with the Morse Institute Library! We’ve got a great display of shark books and movies on the second floor, including Shark Life, How to Survive a Sharknado, and Shark Tale. And while you’re here be on the lookout for “shark attacks” all over the library.

So get a bigger boat and come down to the Morse Institute for Shark Week!


Audiobook SYNC

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults.

All summer, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or summer reading title.

Starting May 15, visit the SYNC website to download titles.


Historical Books from our Archive Available Online

Thanks to the Boston Public Library, we have made historical books and materials from the Morse Institute Library Archive available online at the Internet Archive.

This digital archive includes historical Natick High School graduation programs, Sassamon high school yearbooks from 1916 to 1950, and biographical information on well known 19th-century Natick citizens.

You can browse the digital archive, or explore other digital local history and genealogy resources offered by the library.

Below, have fun flipping through a digital book from the archive—the 1916 Sassamon yearbook.